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  • Local hospitals dinged by Medicare

    Local hospitals dinged by Medicare
    Hospitals run by the Lehigh Valley's biggest health care providers have been penalized by the federal government because patients developed preventable complications while being treated at their facilities. Lehigh Valley Hospital's Salisbury,...
  • Medicare penalties announced for more than 700 hospitals nationwide

    Medicare penalties announced for more than 700 hospitals nationwide
    Hospitals will pay for not meeting criteria to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Read which ones in Modern Healthcare: Hospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals For more health news, go to www.dailypress.com/health
  • Cigarette smoking costs weigh heavily on the healthcare system

    Of every $10 spent on healthcare in the U.S., almost 90 cents is due to smoking, a new analysis says. Using recent health and medical spending surveys, researchers calculated that 8.7 percent of all healthcare spending, or $170 billion a year, is for...
  • Raise for Medicaid primary care doctors to disappear

    WASHINGTON A temporary bump in Medicaid fees paid to primary care doctors, an Affordable Care Act provision intended to get more physicians to accept Medicaid patients, will expire at the end of this month. Congress did not extend the higher rates, so...
  • William R. Burfeind Jr.: Lung cancer screening for heavy smokers saves lives

    William R. Burfeind Jr.: Lung cancer screening for heavy smokers saves lives
    Chances are you know someone who has died from lung cancer. That loss might have been prevented if proposed Medicare coverage of screening for heavy smokers had been in place. Screening those at greatest risk of developing the disease could save tens of...
  • Mr. Waxman leaves Washington

    It was a Republican who once paid Democrat Henry Waxman the rough compliment of being "tougher than a boiled owl." Many of the big things Waxman helped to make into law in his four decades in Congress took bipartisan work, the kind that has all but...
  • Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending

    Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending
    Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad. The Senate...
  • Pharmacy syncing programs can help seniors keep track of their meds

    Pharmacy syncing programs can help seniors keep track of their meds
    Seniors on multiple medications may find that getting in sync keeps them healthier. Some South Florida pharmacies have started offering medication synchronization services — or med sync — as a better way to manage prescriptions instead of...
  • How are federal dollars divided among states?

    WASHINGTON Benefits for Americans, chiefly Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, dominate the federal spending that gets transferred to states through grants, contracts and other programs. But among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, there are...
  • Hospitals Defend 'Facility Fees' At State Hearing

    HARTFORD — More and more consumers have felt the sting of hospital "facility fees" in recent years, but hospital executives said Wednesday that they need to recoup losses from the free care they provide to the uninsured and from the under-funded...
  • Miami nursing assistant gets 12 years in $200 million Medicare fraud case

    MIAMI A Miami certified nursing assistant was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Monday for his role in the nation's biggest-ever Medicare scam, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In exchange for kickbacks, Rodolfo Santaya, 55, recruited...